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2016 Speakers


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Paul Gifford (SOAS, University of London)

Paul Gifford (SOAS, University of London)
Emeritus Professor, African Christianity
University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS)
(London)


Eme​ritus Professor of African Christianity at the University of London's SOAS, Paul Gifford has been researching different varieties of African Christianity for over 30 years, including two years researching for the All African Conference of Churches (AACC), the umbrella body of the mainline Protestant churches in Africa.

He has written several books on the subject, especially Christianity and Politics in Doe’s Liberia; The Christian Churches and the Democratisation of AfricaAfrican Christianity: Its Public Role; Ghana’s New Christianity: Pentecostalism in a Globalizing African Economy; Christianity, Politics and Public Life in Kenya; and most recently, Christianity, Development and Modernity in Africa.

He has recently completed two studies of religion and the Muslim Brotherhoods in Senegal (forthcoming in the Journal of Contemporary Religion and African Affairs). He currently lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Conference Topic

"The Spirit in Africa"
A comparison between Spirit in Africa and Spirit in the West is more problematic than often recognized. In much of Africa, spiritual forces are the really real; in much of the West, spiritual forces are discounted if not explicitly denied.

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Ludovic Lado, SJ (Center of Research & Action for Peace—Côte d’Ivoire)

Ludovic Lado, SJ (Center of Research & Action for Peace—Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
Director, Institute of Human Rights & Dignity
Center for Research & Action for Peace (CERAP)
(Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)

Born in Cameroon, Ludovic Lado joined the Society of Jesus in 1992. He holds a PhD and an MA in social anthropology from Oxford University. He also has an MA in theology (social ethics) from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and an MA in philosophy from Faculté de Philosophie St Pierre Canisius in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.


He is presently director of research at the Institute of Human Rights & Dignity (IDDH, l’Institut de la Dignité et des Droits Humains) in the Center for Research & Action for Peace (CERAP, Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, where he previously served as director of the higher education unit (2012-15). Before that, he served as a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences & Management at the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé, Cameroon (2005-07), and as lecturer and vice dean there from 2007 to 2012. Before this, he taught western philosophy at Collège Charles Lwanga in Sahr, Chad (1996-97), and at Collège Libermann in Douala, Cameroon (1997-98).


His research interests include religious innovation, Pentecostalism, anthropology of Catholicism, and social ethics. He has authored several books and articles including Catholic Pentecostalism and the Paradoxes of Africanization. His next book is entitled Crossed Perspectives on African Catholicism.

Conference Topic

"Catholic Pentecostalism as an Ecumenical Experiment in Africa"

This presentation will explore the ecumenical stakes of Pentecostal Catholicism in Africa. Fr. Lado argues that, from a historical point of view, Catholic Charismatic Renewal (the main form of expression in Africa of Catholic Pentecostalism) has its roots in the influence of Pentecostalism on Catholicism. This in itself is a turning point in the relationships between Catholicism and Protestantism. Furthermore, Fr. Lado shows that, in the context of Africa, there is an ongoing Pentecostalization of some Catholic ritual forms.

Amos Yong (Center for Missiological Research, Fuller Theological Seminary)

Amos Yong (Center for Missiological Research, Fullerton Theological Seminary)
Professor, Theology & Mission
Director, Center for Missiological Research
Fuller Theological Seminary
(Pasadena, CA)

Amos Yong is professor of theology and mission as well as director of the Center for Missiological Research (CMR) at Fuller Theological Seminary. He came to Fuller from Regent University School of Divinity, where he taught for nine years, serving most recently as J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and dean. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at Bethel University in St. Paul and Bethany College of the Assemblies of God; he also served as a pastor and worked in Social and Health Services in Vancouver, WA. His graduate education includes degrees in theology, history, and religious studies from Western Evangelical Seminary (now George Fox Seminary) and Portland State University, and Boston University; he did his undergraduate studies at Bethany University of the Assemblies of God.

Yong’s scholarship has been foundational in Pentecostal theology, interacting with both traditional theological traditions and contemporary contextual theologies—dealing with such themes as the theologies of Christian-Buddhist dialogue, disability, hospitality, and the mission of God. He has authored or edited over 30 volumes. Among the most recent are The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora; Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a Global Christianity, with Jonathan A. Anderson; Interdisciplinary & Religio-Cultural Discourses on a Spirit-Filled World: Loosing the Spirits, coedited with Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen and Kirsteen Kim; Pneumatology & the Christian-Buddhist Dialogue: Does the Spirit Blow through the Middle Way?; The Cosmic Breath: Spirit & Nature in the Christianity-Buddhism-Science Trialogue; and Spirit of Love: A Trinitarian Theology of Grace. He has also authored 175 (and counting) scholarly articles in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals, edited book collections, and other venues. Dr. Yong is past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Conference Topic

"Fire from Heaven: On the Charismatization of World Christianity"

Some scholars have talked about the "pentecostalization" or "charismatization" of world Christianity. This lecture explores the contours of such developments even while analyzing the transformation of pentecostal and charismatic movements in a global Christian context. In particular, it also explores the implications of such dynamics for Christian theology in the third millennium.

ROUNDTABLE SPEAKERS

Marcelo Carmuça (Federal University of Juiz de Fora—Minas Gerais, Brazil)

Marcelo Carmuça (Federal University of Juiz de Fora—Juiz de Fora, Brazil)
Researcher, National Council for Scientific & Technological Development (Brazil)
Professor, Religious Studies & Social Science, Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil)

Marcelo Ayres Camurça received his PhD in social anthropology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, National Museum of Anthropology. He is currently a tenured researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ) of Brazil and a professor for the graduate programs in religious studies and social science at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora in Minas Gerais, Brazil. He researches various themes of the Brazilian religious landscape, including relations between Catholicism, Protestantism, and Pentecostalism; spiritualism; new religious movements; and the role of religion in the public sphere.

Previously, he served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Groupe Societés, Religions, Laïcités (GSRL), a research center belonging to the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Sorbonne University in Paris. He was also a member of the Mercosur Board of the Association of Social Scientists of Religion (2005-2007, 2007-2009, 2013-2015), an organization which brings together researchers on the topic of religion in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Mexico.

Camurça has authored a variety of publications,including entries for encyclopedias on the subject of religion such as “Popular Practices in Brazil” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, 2010, edited by Daniel Platte, and“New Age and Christianity” in the Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions (ELAR) published in 2015 by Springer.

In 2014, his dissertation was published by Appris Press in Curitiba, Brazil, as Os Melhore​s Filhos do Povo: um estudo do rirtual e simbólico numa organização revolucionária, Movimento Revolucionário Oito de Outubro (MR8). The English translation of this title is “The Best Sons of the People: A Study of Ritual and Symbolism in a Revolutionary Organization: The Revolutionary October 8 Movement (MR8).” Other publications include the following:

Conference Topic

"The Brazilian Catholic Charismatic Renewal: A Spiritual Style between Tradition & Modernity"

Since the 1960s, an interesting phenomenon has influenced the institutionalized Western religions that have undergone an update of modernity and secularization: the boom of Pentecostalism and Charismatic movements, which suggest a longing for the world's re-enchantment. In the particular case of the Catholic Church in Brazil, the emergence of the so-called "Charismatic Renewal" did not represent a simple return to traditionalism but the arising of a syncretic blend of modernity, mysticism, and traditionalism, manifested through miscellaneous forms of self-expression, corporeality, consumerism, marketing and technology—e.g., the Internet and social media.

Simon Chan (Trinity Theological College—Singapore)

Simon Chan (Trinity Theological College—Singapore)
Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology
Trinity Theological College (Singapore)

Simon Chan is the Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Theological College in Singapore and has been teaching for 26 years. Concurrently, he has served as pastor, advisor, and currently as honorary pastor of an Assembly of God Church. His concern has always been to make theology accessible to the church.

His research interests include liturgy, spirituality, Pentecostalism, and theology in the Asian context. His published works include Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshipping Community (Intervarsity Press, 2006), Pentecostal Ecclesiology: An Essay on the Development of Doctrine (Deo Publishing, 2011), and most recently Grassroots Asian Theology (IVP Academic, 2014). He served as associate editor of the Global Dictionary of Theology (Intervarsity Press, 2008) and consulting editor of the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (Zondervan, 2011).

Conference Topic

"Catholic-Pentecostal Relations in Asia: Conflict & Cooperation"
 
Despite the fact that Catholics and Pentecostals in the West have been engaged in dialogue for decades, in Asia they were, until recently, hardly on speaking terms. This presentation will consider the reasons for their historic alienation and why they are now beginning to come together.​

Zorodzai Dube (University of Pretoria—Pretoria, South Africa)

Zorodzai Dube (University of Pretoria—Pretoria, South Africa)
Faculty member, Department of New Testament Studies
University of Pretoria (South Africa)

Originally from Zimbabwe, Zorodzai (Zoro) Dube is a member of the Faculty of Theology and teaches in the Department of New Testament Studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. His research employs a number of interdisciplinary theories in anthropology, sociology, and culture to investigate the link between the manifestation of various religious movements, their practices, and the social histories or contexts that seem to provide the sociological explanation for their existence and function. He takes the perspective that religious beliefs and practices are linked to the particular historical and sociological factors around them.

In doctoral studies completed at the University of Oslo (2012), he argued that, though dramatic and performative as they appear, demon exorcisms provide the ritual therapy that allows people to make sense of the seemingly chaotic and violent situation in which they live. His dissertation was published as the monograph, Storytelling in Times of Violence in Zimbabwe: Hearing the Exorcism Stories in Zimbabwe and in Mark’s Community. He also publishes about the place of religion in today’s fast, globalizing, and multicultural world, especially with regards to influencing particular identities and practices. Publications include articles such as “The Ethiopian Eunuch in Transit: A Migration Theoretical Perspective,” in HTS 69:1 (2013) and “Ca​sting Out Demons in Zimbabwe: A Coded Political Posturing,” in Exchange 41 (2012).

Conference Topic

"Social Contours & Demonology in Zimbabwe"

Is there a relationship between the rapid political, social, and economic changes within African states and the growth of African Pentecostalism? This presentation identifies linkages and suggests that the changes in economy and politics found in many African states seem to feed into the types of spiritualities which are seen within African Pentecostalism which could further be understood as offering a particular type of rational canopy.

Candy Gunther Brown (Indiana University)

Candy Gunther Brown (Indiana University)
Professor, Religious Studies
Indiana University
 
Candy Gunther Brown (PhD, Harvard University) is professor of religious studies at Indiana University. She is an historian and ethnographer of religion and culture. Her particular focus is the United States, understood within the broader frameworks of the Americas and global cultural flows. Professor Brown has been especially interested in spiritual healing practices—encompassing Pentecostal and Charismatic Catholic divine healing and deliverance, as well as complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine with ties to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Western metaphysical spirituality.
 
Brown is the author of three books, The Word in the World: Evangelical Writing, Publishing, and Reading in America, 1789-1880 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004); TestingPrayer: Science and Healing ​​(Harvard University Press, 2012); and The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America (Oxford University Press, 2013). She is also the editor of Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing (Oxford University Press, 2011), and co-editor with Mark Silk of The Future of Evangelicalism in America (Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2016). Currently, Brown is writing a book about religion and the mindfulness and yoga movements in American K-12 schools and colleges. 

Conference Topic

"Francis MacNutt & the Globalization of Charismatic Healing & Deliverance"

This presentation examines the career and teachings of Francis MacNutt (born 1918), a Dominican priest (laicized after his marriage in 1980) from St. Louis, Missouri, as a revealing window onto the development of global Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. MacNutt pioneered in catalyzing Catholic Charismatic renewal in Latin America, and in facilitation the corresponding spread of Latin American teachings on liberation to the global renewal movement. MacNutt also played a distinctive role in healing the centuries-old rift between Catholics and Protestants; in building trust with medical professionals and psychotherapists; and in making divine healing and deliverance accessible to mainstream church leaders and laity.

Naomi Haynes (University of Edinburgh—Scotland)

Naomi Haynes (University of Edinburgh—Scotland)
Chancellor's Fellow in Social Anthropology
University of Edinburgh
 

Naomi Haynes received her PhD in 2012 from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include the anthropology of Christianity, political economy, exchange, gender, hierarchy, and value. Her monograph, Moving by the Spirit, explores the social life of Pentecostal congregations on the Zambia Copperbelt, particularly the opportunities and struggles associated with spiritual patronage. Haynes has recently begun a new research project on Christian nationalism, which brings together political philosophy, media studies, and congregational ethnography to explore Zambia’s constitutional declaration that it is a “Christian nation.”

Haynes has published in a wide range of journals, including the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, American Anthropologist, Ethnos, and Religion. She is co-editor, along with Joel Robbins, of a recent special issue of Current Anthropology entitled, “The Anthropology of Christianity: Unity, Diversity, and New Directions,” and of a forthcoming issue of Social Analysis entitled, “Hierarchy, Values and the Value of Hierarchy” (co-edited with Jason Hickel).   She is a co-curator for the Anthropology of Christianity Bibliographic Blog (AnthroCyBib.net) as well as a contributor to Books and Culture and the Marginalia Review of Books. Additionally, Haynes is a fellow at the Africa Studies Centre at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) and an associate scholar on the Gender and Pentecostal Christianity project at the University of Bergen (Norway).

Conference Topic

"The Benefit of the Doubt" 
This presentation explores what happens when prosperity—historically, the engine of Pentecostal expansion in Zambia—fails to materalize among believers. Drawing on 22 months of ethnographic fieldwork on the Zambian Copperbelt, Dr. Haynes explores the character of doubt among Pentecostals, focusing especially on the theological challenges that arise when God does not "come through" for believers, as they often put it. Building on early Christian writings that highlight the role of doubt in the constitution of Christian faith, Dr. Haynes shows how doubt not only shapes but actively fuels religious practice among Copperbelt Pentecostals. This presentation therefore contributes to emerging conversations at the intersection of anthropology and theology, as well as to an emerging ethnography of doubt.

Simon C. Kim (University of Holy Cross)

Simon C. Kim (Our Lady of Holy Cross College)
Thomas E. Chambers Professor of Theology
University of Holy Cross 

Simon C. Kim is assistant professor of theology and the recipient of the Thomas E. Chambers Endowed Professorship in Theology at the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans, LA. Ordained in 1998, he is a priest of the Diocese of Orange in southern California. In 2011, Kim completed his doctoral studies in systematic theology at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, and came to the U.S. at an early age. His own experience of church and identity is the impetus for his theological reflections as he strives to make faith generationally and culturally relevant. Bridging his theological endeavors and pastoral engagements are his publications: A World Church in our Backyard: How the Spirit Moved Church and Society (forthcoming 2016); Mem​ory and Honor: Cultural and Generational Ministry to Korean American Communities; and An Immigration of Theology: Theology of Context as the Theological Method of Virgilio Elizondo and Gustavo Gutiérrez.

Conference Topic

"A Pneumatological Crossroad: Cultural Imaging of the Holy Spirit in Need of a Christological Counterpart​"

To what degree can cultural conditioning help or hinder us in our theological reflections of the Holy Spirit? This presentation examines some cultural implications of the presentation of the Holy Spirit from early ecumenical councils to contemporary theology.

Ben-Willie Kwaku Golo (University of Ghana—Legon, Ghana)

Ben-Willie Kwaku Golo (University of Ghana—Legon, Ghana)
​Senior Lecturer, Study of Religions
University of Ghana (Legon, Ghana)

Born in Ghana, Ben-Willie Kwaku Golo graduated with a BA (Hons) and a diploma in education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana (1998) and went on to the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway, where he gained his MPhil in contextual theology (2001). He then continued to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology where he earned his PhD in eco-theological ethics (2006). He worked briefly as an adjunct lecturer with the South London Christian College in London before taking an appointment at the University of Ghana in Legon, where he is currently a senior lecturer in the Depart​ment for the Study of Religions.

He teaches in the areas of theological studies; religion, society and public life; and ecological and applied ethics. His research areas include religion and ecology; ecological and social ethics; African Pentecostal theology; and contemporary developments in African Christian theological thought (contextual and constructive theologies), especially in relation to ecology. Prof. Golo also serves as the local investigator in Ghana for the international research project “Young Adults and Religion in Global Perspective,” directed from the Centre of Research Excellence at Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.

Some of his recent publications include the following: “The Groaning Earth and the Greening of Neo-Pentecostalism in 21st Century Ghana,” in PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (2014); “Christian Thought and the African Experience: A Survey of Approaches to Theology in the Contemporary African Academy” (2014) and “The Deficit of Environmental Leadership in Africa and Its Implication for Theological Education in the 21st Century,” in Oguaa Journal of Religion and Human Values​ (2014); “Africa’s Poverty and Its Neo-Pentecostal ‘Liberators’: An Ecotheological Assessment of the Prosperity Gospellers,” in Pneuma: The Journal for the Society for Pentecostal Studies (2013); and “Reclaiming Stewardship in Ghana: Religion and Climate Change,” in Nature and Culture (2013).

Conference Topic

"Sowing into Prosperity: Africa's Neo-Pentecostals, Poverty, and the Socio-Economic Transformation in Africa"

One of the obvious golden threads accounting for the growth of neo-Pentecostal and/or Charismatic churches in Africa is their promise of lifting believers and adherents from of the doldrums of poverty and mediocrity onto a higher ground of prosperity and wealth. This presentation explores how these neo-Pentecostal churches analyze whether the prosperity gospel they preach has the potential for socioeconomic transformation in Africa, at least at the micro level, if not on the macro level. The focus will be on the neo-Pentecostal practice of seed-sowing in order to prosper.

Cecília Loreto Mariz (Rio de Janiero State University—Brazil)

Cecília Loreto Mariz (Rio de Janiero State University—Brazil)
Professor, Sociology
Rio de Janeiro State University (Brazil)

Cecília L. Mariz received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) in Recife, Brazil, and her PhD in the sociology of religion and culture from the University Professors Program at Boston University (Boston, U.S.). Her dissertation was published in 1994 as the book Coping with Poverty; Pentecostal and Base Communities in Brazil by Temple University Press. Since 1994, she has been teaching at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). Previously, she also taught at UFPE in Recife and Fluminense Federal University (UFF). And from 2001 to 2007, she was a council member of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR/SISR), representing Brazil and South America.

Her research focuses primarily on the religions in Brazil, mainly Pentecostalism and Catholicism, and currently, she is also researching youth and religion. Within Brazil, she has published the co-edited Novas Comunidades (2009) with Brenda Carranza and Marcelo Carmurça and Maria entre os vivos (2003) with Calos Steil and Misia Reesink. Outside Brazil, her publications include the following: “Pentec​ostalism and National Culture: A Dialogue between Brazilian Social Sciences and the Anthropology of Christianity” with Roberta Campos, (Religion & Society: Advances in Research 2:1, 2011); “Missão religiosa e migração” (Análise Social 44:1, 2009); “À propos de l´inculturation dans le catholicisme brésilien contemporain” with Maria das Dores Machado, (Social Compass 55:3, 2008); and with Marjo de Theije, “Localizin​g & Globalizing Processes in Brazilian Catholicism: Comparing Inculturation in Liberationist & Charismatic Catholic Cultures” (Latin American Research Review 43:1, 2008).

Conference Topic

"Poverty & Prosperity: Comparing Pentecostal Protestant & Charismatic Catholic Groups' Values & Attitudes in Brazil"

Overcoming poverty is a central value in contemporary society, and the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements are, in general, no different in this regard. Nevertheless, the flexibility of this spirituality fosters the emergence of a wide diversity of groups that can vary also in their attitudes toward poverty and prosperity. To illustrate this diversity and examine its limits and scope, this presentation will compare a Catholic Charismatic and a Pentecostal group that have each carried out social work with the homeless in Brazil.

Laurenti Magesa (Hekima Jesuit School of Theology—Nairobi)

Professor,
Laurenti Magesa (Hekima College—Nairobi)
Moral and African Theology
Hekima Jesuit School of Theology (Nairobi)

Laurenti Magesa is a priest of the Catholic​ Diocese of Musoma in Tanzania and a theologian whose work has reshaped the study of Catholicism in Africa. He is the author of more than 100 academic articles and seven books, including African Religion: The Moral Traditions of Abundant Life, considered a landmark text in the field. Before Magesa, most scholarship on Catholicism in Africa had been written by Europeans. He was one of the first Anglophone African voices to emerge as an expert on Christianity, offering an insider perspective and encouraging fellow theologians to honor and dig deep into their own African culture and traditions.

Born in Tanzania, Magesa earned a diploma in theology from Makerere University in Uganda and his PhD and STD respectively from Ottawa University and St. Paul University (Ontario, Canada). He served many years as a parish priest and, in 1987, was a founding member of the Ecumenical Symposium of East Africa Theologians (ESEAT), a group of scholars dedicated to the development and implementation of theological education.

The 1995 recipient of the U.S. Catholic Mission Association’s Mission Award, Magesa has also served as a scholar in residence at several international universities, including Selly Oak Colleges in Birmingham, UK (2001) and also worked as a research fellow at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center in Washington, DC (2011). He has taught at several universities, mentoring the next generation of theologians, teaching moral and African theology in Nairobi at Tangaza University College and Hekima Jesuit School of Theology since 2009.

Conference Topic

"The Holy Spirit in African Initiated Churches: Lessons for Christianity in Africa"

What distinguishes the perspective of the African initiated churches on the Holy Spirit from that of, for example, the Catholic Church, is the former's emphasis on the practical effects of the Spirit in the life of the believer. Other Christian churches have much to learn from this.

Clement Majawa (Catholic University of Eastern Africa—Nairobi)

Clement Majawa (Catholic University of Eastern Africa—Nairobi)
Director, School of Graduate Studies
Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Nairobi)

Clement Majawa is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Blantyre (Malawi). His education includes an MA in spirituality and pastoral counseling (Angelicum, Rome); a licentiate in dogmatic theology (Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi); a PhD in dogmatic theology (Urbaniana, Rome); a postgraduate diploma in education (Heythrop University, London); a diploma in pastoral and church management (St. John’s University, New York); and an advanced certificate in patristic studies & Christian higher education (St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto).

Majawa is the director of the School of Graduate Studies and immediate former dean of the ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Nairobi; he also lectures in CUEA's theology and educ​ation departments. He has been involved in pastoral, academic, and research work at various levels in Malawi, other regions of Africa, and abroad. He has authored many journal articles and books including The Holy Spirit & Charismatic Renewal in Africa & Beyond (AIC Kijabe, 2007) and Charismatic Spirituality: The Catholic Ch​urch's Teaching & Experience of Charismatic Renewal (Montfort, 2001). His research interests center on the following: finding optimal ways of contextualizing Christian higher education; enhancing and inculturating the faith across diverse populations for deeper evangelization; effective witnessing; professional scholarship; and holistic transformation as a family of God both within Africa and in communities around the world.

Conference Topic

"The Contribution of Pentecostal Movements to the International Community: Opportunities of Catholic Charismatology for Social Transformation in Africa"

Pentecostal movements based on Gospel values believe that the power of the Holy Spirit brings personal, cultural, religious, spiritual, socioeconomic, political, and environmental change to people. However, various charisms in missionary evangelism are often disorted and misunderstood by extreme emphasis on miracles and speaking in tongues, healing and deliverance, the born-again syndrome and the gospel of prosperity, and freedoms in liturgy and structure.

In Africa, this social religious and pneumatic phenomenon has created a breeding ground for the mushrooming of Pentecostal independent churches and has created a fora for interreligious dialogue and transcultural engagement. However, this should be a strength in Catholic Charismatology. African beliefs and unique values are opportunities to be inculturated in worldwide Pentecostal movements and should influence world Christianity, world religions, world trade, and global political agendas.

Philomena Mwaura (Kenyatta University—Nairobi)

Philomena Mwaura (Kenyatta University—Nairobi)
Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Kenyatta University (Nairobi)

In addition to teaching philosophy and religious studies, Philomena Njeri Mwaura is also the director of the Center for Gender Equity & Empowerment at Kenyatta University in Nairobi. Her past positions include serving as the president of the International Association for Mission Studies; the Africa Region co-coordinator for the Theological Commission of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT); and a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians.

She has published extensively on various aspects of African Christianity, and her recent publications include the following: “Spirituality & Healing in African Indigenous Cultures & Contemporary Society” in Seeing New Facets of the Diamond: Christianity as a Universal Faith—Essays in Honour of Kwame Bediako(Regnum, 2014) and “Christianity & Other Religions with Particular Reference to African Religion & African Women Christologies,” in Christus und Die Religionen (Verlag Pustet, 2015). 

Conference Topic

"Spiritual Warfare, Healing & Deliverance in Kenyan Pentecostalism"

The issues of spiritual warfare, healing, and deliverance are very central to Pentecostal spirituality. This presentation explores how Pentecostals conceptualize and practice the ministry of healing and its impact on their lives and world.​

Terry Rey (Temple University)

Terry Rey (Temple University)
Associate Professor, Religion
Temple University

Formerly professor of the sociology of religions (professeur de sociologie des religions) at the University of Haiti (l’Université d’État d’Haïti), Terry Rey now serves as associate professor of religion at Temple University. He is author or editor of the following publications: Our Lady of Class Struggle: The Cult of the Virgin Mary in Haiti (Africa World Press, 1999); Bourdieu on Religion: Imposing Faith and Legitimacy (Equinox, 2007); Òrìsà Devotion as World Religion: The Globalization of Yorùbá Religious Culture (UW Press, 2008); Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City (Rutgers, 2009); and Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith: Haitian Religion in Miami (NYU Press, 2013). 

Currently, he is completing another book on religion and the Haitian Revolution and beginning one about Haitian churches and pilgrims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He lives and teaches in William Penn’s “holy experiment” and can be reached at trey@temple.edu. 

Conference Topic

"Fear & Trembling in Haiti: A Charismatic Catholic Prophecy of the 2010 Earthquake"

In April of 2009, an influential Catholic priest prophesied before tens of thousands of believers at a Charis​matic revival that God would crush the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince because of the people's sins. Nine months later, a catastrophic earthquake leveled the city, killing a quarter of a million people. This presentation analyzes the prophetic 2009 sermon and explores the function of charisma, politics, and suffering in Haitian Catholic Pentecostalism.

Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. (Fuller Theological Seminary)

Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Professor, Church History & Ecumenics
Director, David J. du Plessis Center for Christian Spirituality
Fuller Theological Seminary

For more than  40 years, Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. (Mel) has served in a variety of administrative and faculty appointments at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is currently professor of Church history and ecumenics as well as director of the David du Plessis Center for Christian Spirituality. He is also an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God.

Ecumenically, Robeck has served on the Joint International Commission for Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue since 1986 and as its co-chair since 1992. He also co-chairs the Evangelical­Catholic Dialogue in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; the Joint Consultative Group between the World Council of Churches and Pentecostals; and the International Reformed Churches-Pentecostal Dialogue. He is a member of the Pentecostal Dialogue with the Lutheran World Federation, the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches, the Secretaries of Christian World Communions, and the Global Christian Forum steering committee. In addition, he is a past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and of the North American Academy of Ecumenists and serves as the official liaison between the Assemblies of God and the larger Church.

Robeck has written over 250 scholarly articles in a range of historical, theological, and ecumenical journals, and denominational magazines. He has edited or co-edited several books such as the following: Charismatic Experiences in History (Hendrickson, 1985), Prophecy in Carthage: Perpetua, Tertullian, and Cyprian (Pilgrim Press, 1992); The Azusa Street Mission and Revival: The Birth of the Global Pentecostal Movement (Thomas Nelson, 2006), and The Suffering Body: Responding to the Persecution of Christians (Paternoster, 2006) on the plight of persecuted churches. For nine years, he served as the editor of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and with Amos Yong, he co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism (2014).

Conference Topic

"Do Not Quench the Spirit: Some Thoughts on the Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue"

Representatives of classical Pentecostalism have been engaged in formal dialogue with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity for 43 years, yet many people do not know this. The most recent round of dialogue has just released a study titled "Do Not Quench the Spirit" exploring three specific charisms: prophecy, healing, and the discerning of spirits. This presentation will speak to each of these charisms and demonstrate the relevance of this study for the unity of the Church.

Jakob Egeris Thorsen (University of Aarhus—Aarhus, Denmark)

Jakob Egeris Thorsen (University of Aarhus—Aarhus, Denmark)
​Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Section for Theology, Department of Culture & Society
University of Aarhus (Aarhus, Denmark)

Jakob Egeris Thorsen received his PhD in 2012 from Aarhus University in Denmark and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow there in the Section for Theology, Department of Culture and Society. He studied social anthropology and theology at the University of Copenhagen and has conducted various research projects in Guatemala City and highland Guatemala. His main areas of interests are ecclesiology, Pentecostalism/Charismatic Christianity, indigenous Catholicism, religious identity formation, and the theology of religion.

His publications include the book, Charismatic Practice & Catholic Parish Life: The Incipient Pentecostalization of the Church in Guatemala & Latin America (Brill, 2015), as well as various articles and anthology chapters on Catholicism, religion in Latin America, and systematic theology. Additionally, Thorsen serves on various commissions in the Catholic Diocese of Copenhagen and also as board chairman of the city’s Catholic Niels Steensen High School.

Conference Topic

"Lived Pneumatology & Ecclesiology in Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America"

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) is, by far, the largest lay movement in the Church. Catholic Charismatics emphasize the role of the Holy Spirit. While Latin American Charismatics have now become stout supporters of the Church and hierarchy, this Spirit-emphasis in the 1970s and 1980s often happened at the expense of church loyalty. Based on ethnographic materia​l, this presentation tries to identify the understandings of the Holy Spirit and of the Church, which are implicitly or explicitly held and lived among Catholic Charismatics in Latin America. These are compared with contemporary official Catholic positions and theological currents. The aim is to demonstrate the diversity of Catholic Charismatism, explore the impact of the CCR, and constructively discuss the compatibility of Charismatic understandings with Catholic dogma.


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